In Middletown, Connecticut between November 4th-6th? Alvin Lucier: A Celebration, is taking place at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts. I Am Sitting in a Room, along with other videos that respond to Lucier’s work of same name, will be screening at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.
This festival, in recognition of Alvin Lucier’s 80th birthday, will include an exhibition, symposium, films and a series of four concerts. The symposium will bring together key composers, musicians and writers to discuss Mr. Lucier’s work and influence.
Alvin Lucier (and His Artist Friends) is a broad overview of the composer’s distinguished career over nearly six decades. This exhibition will explore the nature of Mr. Lucier’s engagement with artists such as John Cage, Sol LeWitt, John Ashbery, Italo Calvino and Lee Lozano. Related works by some of these figures will be juxtaposed with the compositions they inspired. The exhibition will also make the first in-depth exploration of the broad influence of Mr. Lucier’s work I Am Sitting in a Room (1970). Nearly two dozen audio presentations of his compositions, along with a number of performance videos and an interview with Robert Ashley will be featured. Numerous notated and text-based scores, a select group of artifacts from earlier performances, and an extensive variety of archival memorabilia documenting Mr. Lucier’s career to date will be on display. An installation version of Mr. Lucier’s Chambers (1968) realized as a tribute by former students and colleagues will complete the exhibition.